How does a restaurant gauge success? There are happy customers, of course, or how many tables are filled and refilled each night. But the true test of a successful eatery is how long it keeps going. Through thick and thin, these Oklahoma City mainstays keep serving great food to hungry diners.
By Greg Elwell
Photos Garett Fisbeck and Gazette file
Rons Hamburgers & Chili
351 N. Air Depot Blvd., Midwest City
With 17 locations spanning three states, Rons Hamburgers & Chili, established in 1975 in Oklahoma, has satisfied diners with big portions of filling favorites. What makes this burger joint so special? Maybe its Rons Special, a massive fried onion hamburger patty covered in bacon bits, a slice of Cure 81 ham and two kinds of cheese. Its the kind of sandwich that should come with a pillow and a blanket because anyone who finishes it will need a nap.
4621 N. May Ave.
Though it has only been in Oklahoma City for a few years, Sheesh Mahal has a reputation as one of the metros best places for Pakistani and Indian food. First-time guests should try the exquisite butter chicken, which is a mild, creamy curry with ultra-tender pieces of chicken. Spoon it over zeera rice or dip chewy pieces of garlic naan into the luxurious sauce. Vegetarian or vegan? Halal? Sheesh has plenty of tasty options for every diet.
A Family Affair Restaurant
1742 NE 23rd St.
Nothing satisfies like soul food, and the buffet at A Family Affair Restaurant gives customers plenty of options from which to choose. The sweet and spicy fried chicken is a must, but this old-school eatery is also known for crispy catfish, fried shrimp and peach cobbler better than anything your grandma ever made. Its practically an Oklahoma City rite of passage, so get a group of friends together and become part of the fully fed family.
Anns Chicken Fry House and Gift Shop
4106 NW 39th St.
Bigger than your head is a relative measurement, but even those with a large cranium will find the description of the chicken-fried steak at Anns Chicken Fry is apt. Weighing in at half a pound, its a hand-breaded taste of home with a heaping helping of mashed potatoes on the side and cream gravy over the top. The interior of Anns is filled with eye-catching classic memorabilia, but the real collectors item is outside: a bright pink Cadillac.
213 E. Main St., Norman
Nobody likes waiting for breakfast, but folks at Normans The Diner dont seem to mind. Thats because theyre already dreaming about the massive Eggarito, a pile of eggs scrambled with tomato, onion, green chiles and cheese wrapped snugly in a flour tortilla and covered in tasty ranchero sauce. Missed the breakfast window? Not at The Diner, where the kitchen serves up breakfast and lunch from open (6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. weekends) to close (2 p.m.) daily.
La Baguette Bistro
7408 N. May Ave.
Brothers Michel and Alain Buthions La Baguette Bistro has been Oklahoma Citys home for fine French cuisine since the 1980s. Guests who walk inside the well-trod front door find a small grocery stocked with exquisite meats, fresh bread and desserts so beloved other restaurants brag about serving them. Like a great Parisian cafe, La Baguette serves breakfast daily and delicacies, including lamb persillade and a slow-cooked veal cheek in mustard Madeira cream sauce, six nights a week.
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